Power trucks line area streets after high winds and heavy wet snow toppled massive trees. Power crews rolled out danger tape warning residents to watch out for live power lines. Many people could not help venturing out to try and pass their time in the dark.
Here are the latest numbers as of Wednesday night: Dominion Virginia Power reports 7,300 outages in the Richmond-Metro. Rappahannock Electric has 52,000 customers out, and Southside Electric's web site shows about 800 outages...mostly in Powhatan.
"It's Virginia," said Lisa Mullen who is planning to spend the night without power. "It's Richmond. What are you gonna do? it happens."
Mullen was happy to see crews working in her neighborhood off Sleepy Hollow near Parham Road. Her power came on but went right back off!
"So I got the frantic...yay we have power text," said Lisa. "And then jk...you know just kidding...no we didn't."
Dominion Power crews have been busy at work since about 6:30 Wednesday morning. The work showed no sign of slowing down late into the night.
"It's probably the biggest winter storm we've had since 2011," said Karl Neddenien with Dominion Power.
We stopped by the Dominion Power Storm Center. Workers eyes were trained on NBC 12 for the latest weather updates as they decideD where to send crews.
"We don't have an exact estimate of how soon power will be back on," said Neddenien. "But it will be a multi-day operation."
"If folks look out there window they are not seeing a lot of snow," said Stan Blackwell with Dominion Power. "But we still have a lot of wind."
That wind made for slow going for crews who have restored power to more than 10,000 customers in the Richmond Metro area...with a few thousand more to go including Lisa.
Local power crews have called in 200 additional workers from places like Kentucky, South Carolina and Georgia to try and help get power.
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